Ten Great Free Things to Do in Galway, Ireland – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 21st, 2019

Galway Cathedral Ireland - Keep Calm and Wander

If you’re searching for a new adventure, but you don’t want to break the bank, look no further than Galway. There’s so much to do in this quaint Irish town. Here are ten things to fill a weekend without parting with any of your hard-earned cash:

Visit the Old City Walls

Anglo-Norman conquerors created the town of Galway and built an imposing wall to defend the new settlement. Amazingly, parts of this wall still stand today and it’s a must-see attraction when visiting.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Bellatrix – Lesbian Owned Bed & Breakfast in Castletownbere, Ireland

Author: , January 12th, 2019


Bellatrix is a bed and breakfast exclusively for women on The Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Ireland. It’s the place where women from all over the world can meet and relax in Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic scenery. Bellatrix is a nature lovers paradise on The Beara Way.

We specialise in walking and hiking holidays. A short walk through the forest will take you to a beautiful little cove which is safe for swimming. Bellatrix is set in mature gardens with a super view of Gour Mountain. Rita who is a Mountaineer offers great advice on local hikes and also offers guided hikes to suit all levels of ability. We are an Eco friendly b and b and your shower is powered by the sun.

We have a variety of room options to choose from, all suitable for women travelers of every description.

There is lots to see and do on The Beara Peninsula. Try some cycling, horse riding, kayaking… We are about a ten minute drive from the Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Dzogchen Beara. A must visit and stunning location.

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Gay Dublin – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 21st, 2018

Gay Dublin - The Nomadic Boys

When Ireland legalised gay marriage in 2015, they made history by becoming the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. Despite long having the reputation for a very conservative approach to LGTBQ rights, the country is undoubtedly one of the most gay friendly destinations in Europe. Even the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar is an openly gay man.

A little walk around the city’s famous Stephen’s Green Park in Dublin will eventually bring you to one of history’s most famous Irishmen, Oscar Wilde. The iconic playwright and literary legend’s statue is an incredible testament to Ireland’s appreciation for its LGBTQ community.

But it does not stop there. These are our 5 gay Dublin travel highlights that all gay travellers need to add to their bucket list:

A night out at The George gay club

To say this gay club is iconic is an absolute understatement. To put things into perspective: The George opened in 1985, some 8 years before homosexuality was legalised in Ireland. During this period, The George provided a safe and fun place for gay people to come to and simply be themselves.

In 2018, The George is still running loud and proud, and as raucous as ever. It is still one of the best meccas for everyone in the Irish LGBTQ community, and one you need to check out on your next visit here.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Bellatrix – Castletownbere, Ireland

Author: , June 1st, 2017

Bellatrix - Castletownbere, Ireland

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Welcome to Bellatrix, a women-only B&B in the village of Castletownbere in West Cork. We’re in a beautiful part of Southwestern Ireland, on the amazing Beara Peninsula.

We welcome women from all over the world – come stay with us amid stunning natural beauty and meet other women, share new ideas, or sit back and relax in the peaceful solitude of our stunning coast.

We welcome women from all walks of life – young or old, active or happily retired. All will enjoy a home away from home under Ireland’s bright stars, and our lovely, mature gardens close-by the historic fishing town of Castletownbere.

We’re just 15 minutes by foot through a small forest from a sheltered cove, Traneen, where you’ll find playful seals – a great place to swim in the summertime. There are also a number of other walking trails for you to explore.

Bellatrix is an eco-friendly bed and breakfast – we use a solar water heater for our showers, and we offer great local produce in season from our own organic gardens. We’re also wheelchair accessible.

Each of our guest rooms is unique, personally decorated by your hosts. Two of our rooms share a bathroom, and we also offer a three bed guest room for women traveling together.

Each room offers comfortable bedding – after a good night’s sleep, wake up with us and have a wonderful buffet breakfast. We can also provide a hearty Irish Breakfast upon request. On a chilly or rainy day, you can also just relax in front of our wood-burning stove with a good book or watch a movie from our DVD library. In the sun room, you can play ping pong with your partner or some of our other guests.

Bellatrix Bed & Breakfast offers wonderful garden views as well as a panoramic vista of the Miskish mountains.

The Beara Peninsula is a place of great natural beauty – be sure to allow yourself enough time to explore the area thoroughly – we suggest a week (although you may never want to leave!). There are so many things to do here, including:

  • Whale Watching: Many varieties of whales and dolphins inhabit the waters off the Beara Peninsula.
  • Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre: visit this Tibetan Buddist Retreat Center, just 3 miles away.
  • Horseback riding: Take a packed lunch and explore the area on horseback with our friend, Cathy
  • Stone Circles: Historic stone circles and standing stones back from 1500 to 500 B.C.
  • Golfing: 3 first-class courses within an hour from our front door.
  • The Islands: Take a daytrip to Bere Island or Dursey Island.

There are so many other options – we’ll be happy to help you plan your adventures. But no matter what your plans, you’ll be sure to enjoy your stay at Bellatrix, an Irish B&B for women.

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Anchor House B&B – Dublin, Ireland

Author: , February 10th, 2017

Anchor House B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Anchor House Dublin is regarded as one of Dublin’s most charming City Centre Bed & Breakfasts.

This former 1790’s home is located within a few minutes walk of Dublin’s popular tourist attractions, which include Temple Bar, Grafton Street, Henry Street, Trinity College, The O2, Dublin Convention Centre, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Guinness Storehouse, Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, Croke Park Stadium, & the Aviva Stadium on Landsdowne Road.

The Anchor House B&B is perfectly situated in the city centre, 200 metres from The Central Bus Station Tram Stop, to the rear of Gandon’s Custom House.

The easiest & most economical way to reach us from Dublin Airport is by using the Dublin Bub No. 41. It may be better to use the Dublin Bus Airlink No. 747 with heavy baggage. A Taxi will cost 20 to 25 Euro, which might best suit a group of 3 or 4.

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Sea Court – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Tramore, Ireland

Author: , August 18th, 2016

Sea Court Bed & Breakfast - Tramore, Ireland

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Sea Court is a comfortable and homely award winning located in the seaside town of Tramore, Co. Waterford in Ireland.

It serves as the perfect place to stay during your visit to Tramore our gorgeous seaside town.

Free WiFi Internet access is available throughout and we have a free secure private car park.

Rates are per person.

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Ballycommane House: Gay B&B in Durrus, Ireland

Author: , February 25th, 2016

Ballycommane House

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Ballycommane House & Garden – a charming Irish country home on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tucked away in the green rolling hills of West Cork and surrounded by mature gardens, Ballycommane House is most inviting for relaxation. The sweeping views from the house and its well-tended gardens present the Irish landscape like in a nutshell: sheep grazing on green pastures, cultivated farmland, dense forests and wild open hills. Dotted with old Irish stone houses, the surrounding countryside exudes an intriguing Old World charm. Located on the famous Wild Atlantic Way, this accomodation is the ideal base for touring or walking Mizen Head, the Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsula. There are lovely sandy beaches nearby, most inviting for a swim during the summertime.

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Dublin – A Walk Through Time

Author: , February 21st, 2016


Google has teamed up with Irish historians and experts to bring the Dublin of days long gone to life on screens around the world.

For the centenary of the 1916 Dublin Rising, one of Ireland’s most significant historical events, Google and a team of experts from Ireland 2016 and Century Ireland have created an interactive map allowing users to digitally travel back in time and visit the Rising’s key places.

Leading the way for the country to partially break free of the United Kingdom to form the Republic of Ireland, the Rising’s impact on Dublin is hardly visible around the capital today.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Travel: 5 Reasons We Love Ireland Right Now

Author: , November 28th, 2015

Dublin Ireland Ed Salvato

Ireland is known for an exuberantly warm welcome to all visitors whether LGBT, straight or anything in between. Its also highly regarded for its cozy accommodations, beautiful countryside, music, mild year-long weather and even proximity to North America and Europe. But during a recent visit, we discovered many more reasons to love Ireland and plan a visit now.

Here are five we recently discovered including the news of the week (marriage equality!).

1. Same-sex marriage passed in a May referendum. Overwhelmingly. The week began in a spectacular fashion in Ireland with the very first marriages taking place across Eire on Tuesday. This would have been more than enough reason for a visit to the Emerald Isle by the editor in chief of ManAboutWorld but here are a few more to whet your appetite.

2. The Merrion Hotel. This fab 142-bedroom hotel located in a restored row of Georgian townhouses typifies great Irish hospitality combining friendliness and service that seems to anticipate your needs. A small gym, big pool and scrumptious breakfast are just a handful of reasons to put this on your must-go list. Its consistently ranked in the top 1 to 10 of all the most important lists of stellar lodgings.

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Temple Bar: Dublin’s Cultural Quarter

Author: , September 27th, 2015

Temple Var, Dublin

Dublin is lively enough as it is, but on the streets of Temple Bar, the world-famous Irish craic rules at any time of day. Flowing towards the Irish Sea, the River Liffey marks the district’s northern border; towards the South, Dame Street reigns in Dublin’s cultural quarter.

There may just be an estimated 3,000 people living in the area, but they’re usually very welcoming towards new faces – often up for a chat, most of them are more than happy to make new friends over a pint.

Wandering over via the Ha’penny Bridge – one of the city’s most photographed bridges, named after the toll that had to be paid until 1919 – walking down the cobbled streets and into Temple Bar is like stepping into all the stories ever told about Irish culture.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News | Ireland Gay Travel Resources